In Summary
  • On Monday, detectives detained five employees from the bank and G4S security group.
  • The five were arrested on Mama Ngina Street where the fourth robbery is said to have taken place.

The Sh14 million Barclays bank heist was an inside job, Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has revealed.

Speaking at the Coast police headquarters in Mombasa, Mr Kinoti, who was with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, said the incidents happened with the full knowledge of some people working for the bank.

OUTSIDERS' ROLE

“They know exactly what happened. The outsiders were just there to facilitate the operation, after which they go and share the money, but this time we will reveal to the public what happened,” he added.

This came as G4S, which maintains its off-site ATMs, distanced itself from the thefts, saying, it does not guard any of the ATM machines that lost cash.

In an email to the Nation, G4S said it was working closely with investigators to bring the culprits to book.

“The investigation is covering all potential angles and we are determined to ensure that all the culprits are brought to justice,” Mr Tim Malone, the firm’s media relations manager, said.

“G4S is not contracted to provide security guards at the locations of the ATMs that were targeted at any time of the day or night.

“The service that G4S provides to the customer at these locations is the replenishment of cash and first-line maintenance of the ATMs. We do not have access to any ATM software,” he said.

But Mr Kinoti said it is believed that someone was watching the CCTV for the thieves.

The DCI said that, given the precision and what was targeted in the robberies, it was clear that there was coordination from within.

For instance, the CCTV that was smeared with a substance by the robbers so they would not be seen was supposed to have triggered an alarm elsewhere.

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